It has been a week of blessings for the Love family ♥
After Emily cleared her third round of Methotrexate even FASTER than her previous two, she was set to be released from the hospital early Monday morning. She stayed a little longer in order to get adequate fluids to help prevent side-effects but was home in time to greet her siblings back from their weekend visiting their cousins.
During her hospital stay, Emily got some one-on-one time with one of her favorite nurses, Nicole, a fellow home-schooler who always has a smile for Emily, a word of support for the family, and a story of encouragement to uplift.
She also had visits from Grandma and Papa Love and her cousin, James, who brought a very special gift for Emily. A pair of glitter red Toms, in the size Emily will wear when her 2 1/2 years of treatment are at an end. On the sole of the shoes is one word: HOPE.
There really are no words to describe how sweet and special this thoughtful gift is. When Emily was diagnosed, she wasn’t walking at all. Today, she’s back on her feet, and one day, sooner than we can imagine, Emily will fit these shoes properly and wear these soles right through. Thank you, James, for giving all of us a reminder of the hope we carry in our hearts.
Another friend came to visit Emily and the Loves this week, and this friend gets to stay. Little Stitch now has a Lilo to stay by her side. Kevin Cameron, a high school friend of Christina’s, army veteran and owner of Alpha K9, donated a fully trained therapy-service dog to Emily this week. Named Lilo, this beautiful black Belgian Malinois gets to be Emily’s constant companion as well as a best friend to the entire Love clan!
Praise the Lord for the healing He brought Emily in this round of treatment and the special people He has used to shower Emily with love. She is doing splendid this week. No more mouth sores or bum deterioration. Her blood counts are all good and she is scheduled for her last round of high-dose Methotrexate next Friday, August 10th.